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Five Champions League Quarter-Final Heroes

It's Champions League quarter-final week and the Fan Park Crew thought it would be great to highlight five players that have become heroes after this stage of the competition.

2003 - Ronaldo

Match: Real Madrid v Manchester United

The Brazilian striker had scored a hat-trick that settled a breath-taking tie which Real Madrid won 6-5 on aggregate. Ronaldo latched onto Guti's sublime pass to score his first, while Zinédine Zidane and Roberto Carlos set up his second. His third goal came from his own genius and turned him into a Real hero on the night.

2005 - Frank Lampard

Match: Chelsea v Bayern Munich

It took a quarter-final against Bayern Munich for Lampard to announce himself as a real attacking threat. He showed the world his ability when he scored three goals in the tie, which saw Chelsea come out as 4-2 winners

2007 - Ryan Giggs

Club: Manchester United v Roma

Trailing 2-1 after the first leg away to AS Roma, United were three up after 19 minutes of the return and ended up winning 7-1. The 33-year-old Giggs created four goals with a combination of speed and killer passes.

2009 - Lionel Messi

Match: Barcelona v Bayern Munich

Picking out just one Messi quarter-final is tough one, but the 2009 tie against Bayern could be his finest. The first-leg saw Barca at their very best. The speed of their passing, combined with the constant threat from Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry, made the Blaugrana unstoppable. Messi scored twice and helped create goals for Eto'o and Henry.

2014 - Koke,

Match: Atlético de Madrid v Barcelona

Atleti had not featured in a semi-final since 1974, so there was a lot at stake at Estadio Vicente Calderón for the quarter-final return leg against Barcelona. The 22-year-old playmaker had not scored in 30 attempts for the club and with the tie level at 1-1 after the first-leg at Camp Nou, it was fitting that Koke, who was only six when he joined Atleti, would score the winner.

Can you think of any other quarter-final heroes?

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